Arts, Activism and Social Justice Online Summer School
Are you a future community leader with a passion for social justice and activism? Do you want to learn from activists and change-makers working in the UK’s thriving arts and voluntary sectors? If so, this three-week online summer school is for you.
|Programme dates||13 June to 2 July 2021|
|Application deadline||Early-bird: 1 April 2021
Final deadline: 1 May 2021
Inital admissions decisions will be made after the early-bird application deadline. We may close for applications in advance of the final deadline.
Your programme fee includes all tuition, workshops, guest lectures, and academic credit, as well as online sociocultural activities, supporting summer school staff, and any required learning materials.
We offer a £200 discount for mobility partner students (please contact us if you are unsure about your status) and for early-bird applicants who apply by 1 April 2021.
|Credits||Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive 10 academic credits, suggested as equivalent to 5 ECTS or 3 US semester credits.|
About this programme
Is it for me?
This programme is open to students from any academic discipline who want to understand the context for and learn the tools to effect change. This is a summer school with a difference: you will join local activists, community members, University of Bristol students, and Fulbright Commission scholars as you contribute directly to a city-wide movement of change.
We want you to share your experiences and knowledge in interactive and reflective sessions that invite you to think about Bristol and the UK's past, current, and future engagement with arts, activism and social justice, ultimately comparing and contrasting that engagement with that of your own home community.
The online summer school offers a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous learning. You can expect a variety of learning experiences, and should plan to commit to around 2 hours of synchronous learning per teaching day, with further asynchronous learning outside of those hours, as well as synchronous sociocultural activities throughout the summer school.
What will I learn?
The summer school focuses on six overlapping themes that are considered across geographic areas, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas:
- Racism and social justice
- Colonialism and independence
- Global feminisms
- Migration and refugees
- Environmental sustainability
- Health and wellbeing.
You might be asked to participate in reflective work, group projects, Q&A sessions, lectures, city-led workshops, History Commission activities, discussion groups with a BLM focus, and creative workshops.
Over the course of the summer school you will:
- Discover how people from diverse social contexts have used a combination of philosophy and the arts as vehicles for social change
- Investigate the role of literature, music, visual arts, poetry and storytelling, dance, philosophy and critical social theories in social justice movements
- Learn about the key role of Bristol in the development of transatlantic slavery, the legacies of racism, slavery and colonialism, and the impact of these legacies on the lives of people today
- Examine what responsibilities we might have today because of historical legacies of racial injustice
- Explore how race and ethnicity intersect with gender in shaping social experience
- Develop transferable skills for use in future leadership and social entrepreneurship
- Get involved in a variety of community and civic activities
- Develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
You must meet all of the below requirements to be eligible for this summer school.
|Study level||Currently studying at undergraduate level|
|Academic requirements||GPA equivalent to 60-63% on the UK scale, C on the ECTS scale, or 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale|
|English language requirements||If English is not your first language, you need to meet our English language Profile C. You can see the tests and levels we accept by clicking the 'English Language Proficiency Tests' tab. If you took the CET-4 or CET-6 tests please contact us directly in order to find out what scores we will accept.|
|Age||18 or over|
If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact us at email@example.com.
How to apply
You will need to complete our short application form and submit the following:
- A current university transcript
- A short (maximum 250 words) statement explaining why you are applying to this summer school
- A short (maximum 300 words) statement telling us about your experience with art, activism or social justice
- Evidence of your English language skills if relevant.
If you have any questions about this process you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read the course description on our faculty web pages.
Learn more about our School of Arts, where you will be based.
This programme is also available as a Fulbright Summer Institute for US undergraduate students.
Get in touch
If you have any questions, please get in touch.
Tel +44 (0)117 4283070